[Status: stub] Last updated: 8th December, 2017 Continue reading Introduction: Knowledge Café Variations ** There are many variations of the Knowledge Café concept
Meetings serve two purposes. The first is obvious, to fulfill the aim of the meeting or conversation. The second is less obvious and is usually entirely neglected. Most meetings or conversations have a pre-planned outcome. It may be to explore an issue, to make a decision or to solve a problem. But there is always … Continue reading Meetings serve two purposes There is a second subliminal purpose to a meeting which we often overlook
In 2008 Paul Graham wrote an essay on How to Disagree. [Status: stub. I plan to describe Paul Graham’s Disagreement Hierarchy and to add some material of my own.] Last updated: 4th November, 2017 Continue reading How to disagree well ** Paul Graham’s Disagreement Hierarchy
Verbal self-defense, also known as verbal judo,is defined as using one’s words to prevent, de-escalate, or end an attempted assault. It is a way of using words as a way to maintain your mental and emotional safety. This kind of “conflict management” involves using posture and body language, tone of voice, and choice of words … Continue reading Verbal judo ** Using one’s words to prevent, de-escalate, or end an attempted assault.
In human interactions, good faith is the intent to be sincere, to be fair, open, and honest, regardless of the outcome of the interaction. Julia Galef explains the “good faith” principle Resources Wikipedia: Good faith [Status: stub] Last updated: 4th November, 2017 Continue reading Good faith ** To be sincere, to be fair, open, and honest, regardless of the outcome
In 1989, I first read Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and he introduced me to the life and work of Viktor Frankl. Viktor Frankl was an internationally renowned psychiatrist. In 1946, he wrote the book Man’s Search for Meaning. In his book, he begins with a deeply moving personal account of his imprisonment in … Continue reading The last of human freedoms ** The ability to chose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances
How would you go about solving the world’s problems? When I think about the problems of the world, I recall the game from my childhood (based on the story of Aladdin and his magic lamp) where you are told to pretend that a Genie has granted you three wishes, and you have to say for what you … Continue reading Three wishes ** If you had only one wish to help improve the world what would it be?
When I used to code and had to focus, I needed a quiet room without interruptions but today when I write far more than I code, I find that working in a coffee-shop is more conducive to my thinking and writing. Noise I have often commented or reflected on this phenomenon but here is some research … Continue reading Noise and distractions can boost your creativity ** Peripheral intellectual vision